Ready to try Korean? Get started with these hallmarks of the West's "it" cuisine
Soju (pictured): Korea’s most popular alcohol. Think filtered sake (rice wine).
Makgeolli: Unfiltered fermented rice wine that’s a bit effervescent; perfect with pub grub like fried chicken wings.
Beer: Korean brews are mainly lagers; the most popular are Hite, OB, and Castle.
Tea: Restaurants often offer bori cha (barley tea) or oksusu cha (corn tea) to drink with meals. Try it hot or chilled.
Coffee: Koreans love it. Tom N Toms, their Starbucks, is Seoul-based but also in L.A. Menu’s similar, but don’t expect decaf.